July 22 –
August 30, 2020
Planet Celadon: Operation Completed (2020) is a new commissioned video that continues Genevieve Quick’s Planet Celadon: Our Receiver is Operating (2018). In this series, Quick employs the traditional celadon ceramic glaze, widespread throughout East Asia, as the framework for a fantastical narrative of Asian American diasporic identity, exaggerating ideas of alienness that converge with futurity and tradition. Here the artist uses aeronautical surface-to-air body gestures and symbols, along with the sounds and icons of computer graphics, Google Earth, and early computer games, as analogies for communication with extraterrestrial life.

Featuring compositions by Adria Otte. Special thanks to San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grants and Investing in Artists Grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation.

Genevieve Quick is an interdisciplinary artist and arts writer. She has been awarded visual arts residencies at Recology, MacDowell, Djerassi, the de Young Museum, and Yaddo, and received numerous prestigious grants. She has exhibited at the Asian Cultural Center in Gwangju, South Korea, and around the Bay Area, including at the Asian Art Museum, Mills College Art Museum, [2nd floor projects], Royal Nonesuch Gallery, and Southern Exposure. Quick has contributed writings to Artforum, cmagazine, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Temporary Art Review, and College Art Association.

This is part of the programming for our year-long season dedicated to the questions posed by the work of Trinh T. Minh-ha and how they address art, culture, and society today. This project was originally planned as a large-scale multimedia performance, which was no longer possible due to shelter-in-place restrictions necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Planet Celadon: Operation Completed, a video by Genevieve Quick